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Choosing Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not a choice about being male or female. It is a choice about being true to myself or not. It is a choice between living in the sunlight or dying in the shadows. It is mine and mine alone. It is the absolute, uninhibited truth. I choose authenticity.

Pain Sucks

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

This morning brought a splendid gift: I can walk without pain for the first time in two months. I feel like joyfully dancing in the street, but I'm so uncoordinated that I'd trip on a pebble and break a bone.

Surgery by Non-Surgeons: An Impending Future

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

Training surgical technicians could be an answer to the problem of surgeon shortages throughout Africa if it is well-implemented and has the support of relevant stakeholders.

The Wisdom of Hawkeye Pierce: Setting the Right Work Climate Brings Out the Best in People

Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D.

The surgeons of the 4077th MASH unit may have been fictional, but they got one thing right: Creating a positive climate in the operating room can put everyone at ease, allowing doctors and nurses to perform at their best.

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science

In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--rep...

Don't Fart During an MRI

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.24.2014 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

I share this true but pathetic story to commiserate with other tortured souls who relentlessly endure and survive extreme humiliation. We're a group of accident-prone fools who regularly trigger embarrassing situations that would permanently traumatize a normal person.

Symptoms of the Problem: When Doctors Are Reluctant to Use Conventional Medicine for Our Own Families

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Doctors are people too, and we equally suffer from our own limitations, when it comes to our loved ones and ourselves. My hope is that as more and more physicians are asked to consider the alternatives that our patients request, we too will consider these alternatives more seriously.

The Eyes Have It

Stanley Ely | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

The doctor appeared after a while and shone more light in my right eye. "That was easy," I said, trying yet again to throw some levity his way."For you," he replied in a manner maybe humorous, or not.

When Food Hurts

Aliza Polkes | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Aliza Polkes

I have healed. My jaw works, I can chew, and the pain is gone. Food has, once again, become a source of happiness, entertainment, and togetherness in my life. But I will never forget those early post-op weeks.

Prayers for Dana: The Story of a Mother Battling Lyme Disease and Congenital Heart Disease

Christina Scribner | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Pictured: Dana Calloway with her husband and five children. Twenty-four year old Dana Calloway has been sick for many years. In addition to her late ...

Doctor My Eyes: The Ultimate Cataract Surgery Mix Tape

Roz Warren | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

With age, comes wisdom. And, frequently, cataracts. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. I'm having cataract surgery next week, and I'm hoping to have a little fun with this particular rite of passage.

To Test or Not to Test: A Question Ashkenazi Jewish Women Must Weigh in Light of a New Breast Cancer Study

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

Decisions regarding genetic testing should never be made lightly. The results of these tests can require difficult and life-altering choices, for yourself and your family. Testing should only be done when you can actually use that information to take steps that will have a major positive health or life impact.

A Reflection of Modern Times: An Insider's Take on The Knick

Andrew Fish | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

The steady build of excitement and dread emblematic of our modern age is likely how our forebears felt at the turn of the 20th century, which is why now is the perfect time to revisit 1900, a similar age of ingenuity overdrive.

12-Year-Old Cancer Patient Gets First-Ever Vertebra Made On A 3-D Printer

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.12.2014 | Good News

As it turns out, you can make just about anything with a 3-D printer and make it work. When 12-year-old Minghao of China was diagnosed a couple of...

The Snake Oil in Spine Surgery: One Spine Surgeon's Perspective

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Many folks responded to a paid advertisement promising "Great results" and "Little to no down time," and take the bait. They bought the snake oil.

Tired? Check Your Neck for Thyroid Cancer

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

One of the major symptoms of thyroid cancer is being exhausted and depressed and if you are experiencing a tightness in your throat, a change in your voice or swallowing/breathing ability, you need to see your doctor.

The Evolution of the Village

Heather Risinger | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Heather Risinger

I recently asked my friends if they had a village that helps them raise their kids. I wanted to know what made their villages unique.

Not Just a STAT Section

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Shelly Lopez Gray

Even though I was not working triage that day, I knew to follow every other labor nurse as they ran towards the room. As I made my way in, I saw a mother lying there, soaking in a pool of dark red blood.

Perfection Exists Only In The Present Moment

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

When I awoke from the successful surgery, I knew a part of the healing required was to knock myself off the pedestal of perfection. I do take full responsibility for putting myself there. I had created a life for myself that was literally hard to swallow.

'She Wasn't Her Tumor'

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

It was only when I saw anesthesia approach out of the corner of my eye, and knew that her undivided attention to me would soon be less so, did I blurt it out: "Why didn't you see a doctor about this sooner?"

SDR: Life-Changing Surgery for Cerebral Palsy

Nicole Luongo | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

There is no cure for cerebral palsy. Selective dorsal rhizotomy is the only proven procedure that can remove spasticity caused by CP. SDR provides a better quality of life to adults and children who qualify for it.

I'm With Stupid: Saving Me From My Suspect Cycling Skills

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I want to take this opportunity to wish my mother, who turns a year older today, a very happy birthday, although I fear she won't have one.

How Queen Victoria Spared You the Agony

Todd Buchholz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Buchholz

Whenever someone tells you that the modern economy makes people miserable and that people felt just as happy generations ago, ask the following questi...

9 Surprising Treatments to Combat Dry Eye

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

I've heard my patients claim that they thought this is just a normal part of the aging process; however, nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, dry eyes are about as normal as chronic headaches, toothaches or loss of bowel control.

Why Women Have a Romance With Shoes

Honey Good | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Honey Good

My high heels give me my presence, my feminine power; they reveal my personality and most importantly, my femininity.